26 Jul 2012

Koreas to face each other in men's table tennis

8:54 am on 26 July 2012

South Korea will face North Korea in the first round of the Olympics 2012 men's table tennis team event after today's draw pitted the fierce rivals against each other.

South Korea are the second most successful nation in Olympic table tennis behind only powerhouse China, while North Korea rank as the fifth most successful thanks to past triumphs in the women's event.

China are hot favourites to repeat the clean sweep of golds they achieved on home soil four years ago, although a change in the rules to limit each country to just two players in the singles format will leave them with less room for error.

The country dominates the sport and has won 20 out of the 24 golds since table tennis joined the Olympic programme in 1988.